|Mon Mar 19, 2012|
THUNDERBIRD FILMS OPENS NEW OFFICE IN LOS ANGELES
|VANCOUVER, B.C. March 19, 2012 -- Thunderbird Films, the Vancouver-based television, production and rights management company, is opening a Los Angeles office as part of its ongoing expansion strategy. The new office provides Thunderbird with a presence in the world's media capital while also supporting its outreach effort to the global entertainment production and worldwide distribution sectors. The announcement was made today by Michael Shepard, President, Thunderbird Films. |
Utilizing its Los Angeles office as a springboard for the creation of new television ventures and collaborations, Thunderbird has also announced executive appointments in its new Los Angeles office. Joe Broido has been named Executive Vice President. Jeffrey Engelen joins Thunderbird as Senior Vice President, Distribution. Additionally, Danielle Kreinik has been named Manager of Development.
"Thunderbird has always had a world view of the entertainment business," said Shepard. "Having a presence in Los Angeles' creative community and operating among Hollywood's key decision makers will certainly augment the impressive portfolio of successful shows that the company's Canadian headquarters has generated to date. Being able to blend the benefits of operations in both countries creates a plethora of exciting new possibilities."
As Executive Vice President, Broido will work closely in establishing alliances as well as in coordination with Lionsgate on the new television partnership forged to produce programming for both US broadcast and cable networks. The venture is designed to share production and distribution costs for any series picked up by the television networks, affording Lionsgate and Thunderbird the opportunity to co-fund network television programming while mitigating risks.
Broido, who has been consulting with Thunderbird for the past two years, previously served as Senior Vice President Live Action Programming at Porchlight Entertainment. In this post, Broido was responsible for oversight of all of Porchlight's development and production and also oversaw movies and series for network, cable and syndication, as well as international co-productions. Broido joined Porchlight in 1999 from Alexander/Enright & Associates, where he executive produced the 1998 Peabody-nominated CBS TV movie Point Last Seen, starring Linda Hamilton. Among Broido's executive producer and producer credits are such projects as the ABC miniseries Family Pictures, starring Anjelica Huston and Sam Neill, and Caroline?, the Emmy-winning CBS/Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie starring Stephanie Zimbalist.
In his new post as Senior Vice President, Distribution, Jeffrey Engelen will oversee worldwide distribution activity for the company. He will also work closely with Shepard and Broido on the company's rights management strategy.
Engelen comes to Thunderbird from Myriad Pictures' Santa Monica, CA office, where he served as Senior Vice-President and headed the company's new television division for both US and international markets. Joining Myriad in 2010, Engelen also expanded the company's VOD and new media activities. Previously, Engelen was with Porchlight Entertainment for six years and served as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Before that, Engelen was the international sales and licensing director for Telescreen Distribution and Licensing in the Netherlands.
Danielle Kreinik joins Thunderbird's Los Angeles team as Manager of Development. Kreinik got her start in the entertainment field as a production intern at Entertainment One (eOne), the leading international entertainment company, and she was based in the company's Los Angeles office. Kreinik has also worked as a freelance producer and was involved in producing stage shows in the Los Angeles area.
About Thunderbird Films
Thunderbird Films is an expanded multiplatform media production, distribution and rights management company based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Thunderbird is known for its collaboration with talented producers, maximizing the financial and creative benefits of Canadian co-production to assist in the financing, production and distribution of all genres of programming for the world market. The company is committed to delivering premium finished product that has broad appeal for broadcasters and their audiences worldwide. Today, Thunderbird has a catalog comprised of over 400 hours of Canadian and US television content and its programming airs on major networks around the globe as well as innovative online media platforms.
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